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News - 'The Day' by David Lang, Maya Beiser, Wendy Whelan, Lucinda Childs

Image by Hayim Heron, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow
Friday, October 18, 2019
Beiser is a strong but not melodramatic presence who lets Lang's music sing and cry and speak with clarity and passion. Whelan's refreshingly unmannered dancing — a clean, disciplined, service-to-the-steps beauty — is as present as ever.
— Janine Parker, The Boston Globe
 
 
 

A collaboration among legends, The Day is a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, world-renowned cellist Maya Beiser, legendary dancer Wendy Whelan (widely considered one of the world's leading dancers, she spent 30 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and originated numerous roles in new works by the world's most esteemed choreographers), and iconoclastic choreographer Lucinda Childs (a Commandeur in France's Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and 2018 inductee in Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance).

In its New York premiere at the Joyce Theater running October 22-27 2019, this momentous melding of multi-genre creative genius comes in an evening-long sensory exploration of two journeys — life and the eternal, post-mortal voyage of the soul. The Day is a bold and highly collaborative work that explores universal themes through the shared language of music and dance.

The creative team includes: scenic design by Sara Brown, sound design by David Cook, projection design by Joshua Higgason, and lighting design by Natasha Katz (Alice in Wonderland and The Winter's Tale by Joby Talbot).

The New York premiere is part of the production's international tour, including ICA Boston (July 21 2019), UCLA (October 18-19), Lafayette College (November 6), The Kennedy Center (December 6-7), and Théâtre de la Ville Paris (January 24-February 6 2020).

Composer Note
A cellist and her voice become separated from each other, and they struggle to reunite in a post-apocalyptic spiritual environment. world to come is a kind of prayer — introspective and highly personal. It is a meditation on hope and hopelessness, asking fundamental questions about the death and life of the soul. — David Lang

New York Tickets
Joyce Theater, October 22-27

Watch
Childs, Whelan, and Beiser in conversation with Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Maura Keefe

Read
Essay on Whelan from Women in Dance

Listen
Album on Spotify


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